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Tweens and cell phones: A guide for responsible use

Tweens and cell phonesCell phones are becoming increasingly common among younger teens and tweens. To help parents manage their tween’s use of a cell phone, NCL has put together advice for families on how to shop for tweens’ phones, how to keep down costs, and how to set some simple rules to make sure a child doesn’t misuse the phone.

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Your child's cell phone: Before you buy

Girls looking at a cell phoneBefore beginning the shopping for a tween’s cell phone, ask yourself some basic questions to set expectations for your family.

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Tweens and cell phones: Setting the rules of the road

Tweens and cell phones: Setting the rules of the roadManaging usage of your tween’s new cell phone can easily become a source of conflict unless clear rules are set ahead of time. Since each tween is different, the rules they are expected to follow will differ. However, there are many areas that parents and tweens should have an understanding about to ensure responsible use.

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